New York Rangers fail to close out the Carolina Hurricanes in game five in hefty loss

May 13, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) scores a
May 13, 2024; New York, New York, USA; Carolina Hurricanes center Evgeny Kuznetsov (92) scores a / Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Game five ended in a disappointing manner for the Rangers as they were once again unable to eliminate their opponents. The Carolina Hurricanes have gone from being on the verge of getting swept to a single win away from becoming the 10th team in NHL history to go 3-0 down in a series and come back to force a game seven. We're getting into borderline historical territory with this series, and we're going down to Raleigh for game six. 

It started positively for the Rangers when they took the game's lead. In the second period, Sebastian Aho would lose his footing on a Carolina powerplay, letting the Rangers break the ice. Jacob Trouba, of all people, would lead the rush, and a laser shot past Frederik Andersen broke the ice, and the Garden erupted with their captain's goal. 

Going into the third period, it would stay that way, but the house of cards would come down for the Rangers. Carolina would get the tying goal from their captain as Jordan Staal pulled out a power move to break to the net and deke around Igor Shesterkin like he was Eric Staal. He had an open net to slide the puck into a beautiful goal, but a painful one for the Rangers on this night. 

Carolina would get a lead soon after when Evgeny Kuznetsov was there to deposit the puck home. Carolina broke up the wing with Stefan Noesen and Jesperi Kotkaniemi before getting the puck back to the point for former New York Ranger Brady Skjei to blast at Igor. Shesterkin stopped it, but Kuznetsov mopped the loose puck to put the Hurricanes up. 

It would be a quick three for the Hurricanes when they were able to work the puck out to the slot where Jordan Martinook was left all alone. Carolina's alternate captain picked his corner and fired the puck home to put a dagger into the Rangers, and from then on out, it felt like we were going back to Raleigh. Martin Necas added the empty netter, and the Hurricanes survived again, so now the Rangers have to go to a hornet's net and try to knock them out in their barn.